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Fistral Beach, Newquay

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#1 of 309 in Outdoors in Cornwall
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The surfing at Fistral Beach is legendary due to its west-facing position, which exposes the golden sands to Atlantic swells. You can rent everything for your entire family to surf or bodyboard at the "Surf Hire" station, as well as sign up for lessons for every skill level. The Fistral Complex, a touristy mall right on the beach, offers shopping and a quick bite. If you're feeling adventurous and want to see more of the coast, go on a coasteering adventure. Guides lead you along the coast, through caves, up cliffs, and around pools of water where you'll see seals and diverse sea creatures. Arrange your visit to Fistral Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Newquay using our Newquay trip generator.
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  • Fistral beach is probably the quintessential surf beach of the UK. It has it all and this is why it has earned such a high reputation. It's a beautiful beach as it is, but if you consider the surf sce...  more »
  • Lovely beach and views but the Car park spoils it, 14 min over the hour! Could not believe it when the ticket came through, even bought coffee from the fistral pasty shack, I am going to tell everyone...  more »
  • A really clean beach with clear blue waters. A surfers paradise! Full of lovely restaurants and shops and plenty of facilities! Walked for ages and every turn is a view so stunning! Wether a day out o...  more »
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  • Great wide gradually sloping beach right on the edge of Newquay. Picturesque drive to access it, just north of Newquay. Parking will be an issue in high season in the smallish car park for which you have to pay. Lots of places to eat at the entrance to the beach with a famous fish restaurant there too. Mentioning no names!! Surf schools dotted round too with a permanent RNLI presence all season. Great place to chill and recharge. 😎
  • I loved this beach. Lots of space. Very popular with surfers of all levels. Nice restaurants. Had great fish and chips and enjoyed the amazing views. Wasn't many dogs about which makes a big difference for me when in Cornwall.
  • I absolutely love Fistral. Beautiful beautiful beach and an amazing place to watch a sunset! The amenities are brilliant but can get very busy. But well worth it!
  • A stunning beach with great waves! Very busy surf spot all year round but very well supervised by local RNLI. Love the shops and restaurants right by the beach. Gorgeous!
  • A fantastic place in almost all weather, should it have a good sweep and surf then a fantastic place for a paddle and surf, should it be stormy and not the nicest weather then the restaurants at the top of the beach provide a spectacular view of how epic the Cornish coast is and should it be sunny then what a great place for a walk along the beach. Can be rather crowded and busy in the summer, attracts a lot of surfers and people interested in the surf which can be problematic for a smallish car park. Also there is a lack of good access to the beach for those with difficulty walking etc however the views from the restaurant and top of the beach are brilliant. The shops at the beach top are also very convenient and good for a browse and a last minute wetsuit/surfboard purchase.

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Where to stay in Newquay

As you would expect from a world-class coastal destination, Newquay is home to some of Cornwall's finest seaside hotels and B&Bs. To experience the best of what this surf capital has to offer, stay close to the water and book your rooms at one of Newquay's self-catering cottages. They offer comfort and privacy minutes from the town center and its golden beaches. Each cottage features a separate entrance, ample parking, and a cozy yard, with patio furniture and a BBQ provided for your convenience.
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